2018-2019 Catalog

DANC - DANCE

DANC 1021 ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN DANCE

This course is designed to introduce dance majors at WWCC to the academic and professional worlds of dance. This course provides important information to students in their first year so that they can make the best use of their time as a dance major and college student.  This course will focus on the discipline of dance, but will introduce students to key; intellectual and literary skills required in academia, including, but not limited to, critical thinking and analysis, knowledge of the discipline, career options, major concerns, ability to reflect and evaluate, and be introduced to the diversity of the discipline, the College, and the region.
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DANC 1410 BALLET I/I

This beginning level ballet course emphasizes bodily awareness, musicality, vocabulary, dynamic alignment, functional rotation, and class etiquette. Student's technical ability and performance will begin to develop through consistent practice and the investigation of basic ballet vocabulary. Class will include barre, travelling, and center work supported by course readings, presentations, performance viewings and examination of ballet verbal vocabulary.

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DANC 1420 BALLET I/II

 

This course will continue to build on material presented in DANC 1410.  Students will experience intermediate approaches to bodily awareness, dynamic alignment and functional rotation.  Students will be introduced to intermediate ballet movement and verbal vocabulary.  Students will also experience a range of musical accompaniment, contemporary ideas of ballet and expand their understanding of performance and artistry.

 

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Prerequisites

DANC 1410 or Instructor Permission

DANC 1430 MODERN DANCE I/I

This course is a beginning level exploration of modern dance.  The course is designed to introduce and explore modern dance ideas through movement, research, observation, and creativity.  Daily class will include warm up exercises, across the floor, center phrases, and creative work that stimulates and challenges dancers.  Movement will be athletically challenging, artistically nurtured, and rhythmically complex.  The course approaches technique and artistry as clearly interwoven principles.

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DANC 1440 MODERN DANCE I/II

 

This course will build on modern dance principles introduced in DANC 1430. The course will explore intermediate modern dance ideas through movement, research, observation, and creativity.  Daily class will include warm up exercises, across the floor, center phrases, and creative work that stimulates and challenges the dancers.  Movement will be athletically challenging, artistically nuanced, and rhythmically complex. The course approaches technique and artistry as clearly interwoven principles.

 

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Prerequisites

DANC 1430 or Instructor Permission

DANC 1450 TAP DANCE I

The study of basic tap steps with emphasis on rhythmic accuracy and clarity of tap sounds. May be used for fine arts credit.

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DANC 1480 JAZZ DANCE I

This beginning level course is an introduction and exploration of jazz dance technique. Through practical experience, students will encounter various elements of jazz dance that stem from the social dance vernacular in the United States. Course content is drawn from music, rhythm, improvisation and jazz history. Class will move through a structured warm up, travel across the floor and learn center combinations. Course work will be contextualized by class readings, discussion, analysis of dance performance and student created choreography.

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DANC 1490 CONTEMPORARY JAZZ DANCE

This course will include dance techniques drawn from classical jazz dance, lyrical jazz dance, classical and contemporary ballet, dance team technique, and modern dance to give the student a foundation for performance, teaching, coaching, and further study of contemporary jazz dance.  This style of dance is popular in private and professional studios, with competitive dance team s in media, and on stage.  Daily warm-ups will include conditioning exercise that emphasize alignment, strength and flexibility, and freedom of movement.  Travelling movements, turns, jumps, and floorwork will be drilled and incorporated into choreography.  Studio work will be contextualized by online assignments including analysis of video footage of dances made popular in media.

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Prerequisites

Any college-level Ballet, Modern Dance, or Jazz Dance class, or instructor permission.

DANC 2105 DANCE HISTORY

This course is a research-based survey of the history of Western Dance in Europe and America. Emphasis is on the history of ballet and modern dance since the Renaissance. Students will also explore vernacular dance forms and the contributions of dance traditions form various cultures to reveal the richness of the subject. Students will engage with major stylistic trends, cultural influences and principal artists and their work.

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DANC 2212 DANCE IMPROVISATION

A study of fundamental concepts in dance improvisation and exploration of movement through spontaneous problem-solving. The course is designed to evoke the student's creative individuality and sense of ensemble through individual as well as partner and group exercises.

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Corequisites

Enrollment in a Modern Dance Technique course

DANC 2214 DANCE PEDAGOGY

This course is a study of the fundamental concepts in dance pedagogy. This course will provide students with the theoretical basis and practical application for teaching dance disciplines at the basic level. The class will include discussion, co-teaching and individual teaching projects and session, practical application of course readings and written work. Students should expect to both dance and discuss ideas in each class session.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1410, DANC 1430, or Instructor Permission

DANC 2215 DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

A study of various approaches to choreographing for musical theatre and concert dance.  Content areas include storytelling, use of music, composing stage pictures, structuring dance steps, running auditions, and rehearsal techniques.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1420, DANC 2450, and DANC 2480, or Instructor Permission

DANC 2216 DANCE SOMAKINESIS

This course is an introduction to the fields of Dance Science and Somatics and how the two areas of study support each other to create a holistic understanding of the human body in relationship to dance. Emphasis is placed on anatomical analysis including musculoskeletal variations, neurological processes and somatic movement practices/frameworks including Bartinieff, Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique and Body Mind Centering. By utilizing both kinesiological and somatic lenses, the course will explore movement efficiency, conditioning principles and injury prevention as applied to technique class, rehearsal, choreography and individual needs of the body.

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DANC 2410 BALLET II/I

This course is an intermediate level exploration of ballet technique and artistry.  This course is designed to explore and enhance technical and artistic proficiency through movement, research, observation and creativity.  Daily class will include barre, petite allegro, across the floor and grand allegro, center phrases and creative work that will stimulate and challenge the dancers.  Movement material will be a combination of classical ballet, contemporary ballet and somatic exercises.  Movement material will be contextualized and processed through course readings, discussions, presentations and papers.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1420 or Instructor Permission

DANC 2420 BALLET II/II

This course will continue to build on material presented in DANC 2410.  This course is designed to explore and enhance technical and artistic proficiency through movement, research, observation and creativity.  Daily class will include barre, petite allegro, across the floor and grand allegro, center phrases, and creative work that stimulate and challenge the dancers.  Movement material will be a combination of classical ballet, contemporary ballet and somatic exercises.  Anatomical information is woven into this course to guide the students into further understanding of their bodies kinesthetically, mechanically and artistically.  The course approaches technique and artistry as clearly interwoven principles.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1410 or Instructor Permission

DANC 2430 MODERN DANCE II/I

This course is an intermediate level exploration of modern dance, as seen through the postmodern contemporary dance lens. This course is designed to explore and enhance technical and artistic proficiency through movement, research, observation, and creativity. Daily class will include warm up exercises, across the floor, center phrases, and creative work that stimulates and challenges the dancers. Movement will be athletically challenging, nuanced, and rhythmically complex. Anatomical information is woven into this course to guide the students into further understanding of their bodies kinesthetically, mechanically and artistically. The course approaches technique and artistry as clearly interwoven principles.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1430 or Instructor Permission

DANC 2440 MODERN DANCE II/II

 

This course will build upon modern dance principles discovered in DANC 2430. This course is designed to explore and enhance technical and artistic proficiency through movement, research, observation, and creativity. Daily class will include warm up exercises, across the floor, center phrases, and creative work that stimulates and challenges the dancers. Movement will be athletically challenging, nuanced, and rhythmically complex.  Artistic practice is discussed and solidified for the individual student in order to aid the student in developing his or her own approach to technique and artistry. The course approaches technique and artistry as clearly interwoven principles.

 

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Prerequisites

DANC 2430 or Instructor Permission

DANC 2450 TAP DANCE II

This course will build on the basic steps and use more complex rhythms. Improvisation will be used to help the dancer hear and duplicate rhythms. The emphasis will continue to be on the rythmic accuracy and clarity of tap sounds.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1450

DANC 2455 TAP REPERTORY AND IMPROVISATION

Advanced study of tap including well-known repertory pieces from noted 2th and 21st century tap dancers, new choreography by instructor, and improvisation.  This course may be taken twice for credit (4 credits total).

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Prerequisites

DANC 2450

DANC 2480 JAZZ DANCE II

This course will develop and refine jazz dance concepts introduced in DANC 1480.  Through practical experience, students will encounter various elements of jazz dance that stem from the social dance vernacular in the United States.  Course content is drawn from music, rhythm, improvisation and jazz history.  Specific emphasis will be placed on jazz dance as a reflection of American culture, and students will make connections between the movement and the sociocultural influences.  Class will move through a structured warm up, travel across the floor, and learn center combinations. Course work will be contextualized by class readings, discussion, analysis of dance performance, and student created choreography.

May be taken two times for credit.

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Prerequisites

DANC 1480 or Instructor Permission